Oh, they can. But doing so in relying on OTHER programmers to fully release their secrets, e.g. the SF programmers, that's leeching.Ovyron wrote:The programmers get to share their work, without revealing their secrets.
It's not a problem, it's the main feature of the GPL to shut out cadgers.So the problem is the Licence itself that doesn't allow this compromise.
In the long run: yes. Because "you" (hypothetical you) could include anything that the SF team releases, but not the other way round.Would you say that it's damaging the open source project as SF had it missing?
What a nonsense. Not only leeching, but even wasting other programmers' time just to be able to leech. Good that the GPL shuts such people out. Not welcome.people can take a look at the behavior and produce open source that does it.
No, it isn't. Because it's "no cadgers".This "open your source or don't share anything" philosophy is damaging.
Rule of thumb: whenever someone cries that he has to opensource derivative works of GPL'ed programs, the GPL has done a good job. The coercion of the GPL has to make up for the lack of decency in these people.